Local plan examination

The Council is in the process of producing a new Local Plan, which contains the planning policies to guide development up to 2036. More information on the process so far is on the New Local Plan page.

The Local Plan and Proposals Map were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on 29th March 2018. This marked the beginning of a public examination process, where an independent Inspector considers the Local Plan and Proposals Map, and determines whether they are sound, legally compliant and fulfil the duty to co-operate.

The Secretary of State has appointed Louise Gibbons BA(Hons) MRTPI as the Inspector to conduct the examination. The Council has appointed a Programme Officer, Jane Greenway, who is the main point of contact for the examination. She can be contacted on Programme.Officer@reading.gov.uk or 07855 126 484. For information on the Local Plan more generally, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 0118 937 3337 or planningpolicy@reading.gov.uk.

Alongside the pdf icon Submission Draft Local Plan [11Mb] and Submission Draft Local Plan Proposals Map, a number of other documents have also been submitted, which make up the evidence base for the Local Plan. These are listed below, either with documents available to download or with links to documents on other pages. Please note that this list is likely to change throughout the examination period.

The examination process included a set of public hearings. These hearings took place between 25th September and 5th October at the Town Hall, Blagrave Street.  As a result of these hearings, and subsequent information provided, the Inspector has identified a need for 'main' modifications to the Wednesday 12 June and Wednesday 24 July. The relevant documents are available to view at the bottom of this page.

Local plan documents

LP001pdf icon Submission Local Plan (March 2018) [11Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map overview and key [1Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map pages A to D [11Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map pages E to G [9Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map pages H to K [11Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map pages L to N [6Mb]

pdf icon LP002 Submission Draft Proposals Map pages O to R [2Mb]

LP003pdf icon Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan (November 2017) [11Mb]
LP004Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan Proposals Map (November 2017)
LP005pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal of the Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan (November 2017) [9Mb]
LP006pdf icon Statement of Consultation on Pre-Submission Draft Local Plan (March 2018) [3Mb]

pdf icon LP007 Full Copy of Representations on Pre-submission Local Plan (alphabetical A-G) [6Mb]

pdf icon LP007 Full Copy of Representations on Pre-submission Local Plan (alphabetical H-K) [2Mb]

pdf icon LP007 Full Copy of Representations on Pre-submission Local Plan (alphabetical L-R) [13Mb]

pdf icon LP007 Full Copy of Representations on Pre-submission Local Plan (alphabetical S-W) [7Mb]

LP008pdf icon LP008 Schedule of Minor Changes prior to Submission [373kb]
LP009pdf icon Draft Local Plan (May 2017) [11Mb]
LP010Draft local Plan Proposals Map (May 2017)
LP011pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal of the Draft Local Plan 0517 [5Mb]
LP012pdf icon Statement of Consultation on Draft Local Plan [3Mb]
LP013pdf icon Local Plan issues and options (January 2016) [20Mb]
LP014pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal of the Local Plan Issues and Options (January 2016) [4Mb]
LP015pdf icon Statement of Consultation on Issues and Options [10Mb]
LP016pdf icon List of responses to representations on Local Plan issues and options (May 2017) [1Mb]

Other Planning Policy documents

PP001pdf icon Local Development Scheme (November 2016) [1Mb]
PP002pdf icon Statement of Community Involvement (March 2014) [966kb]
PP003pdf icon Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report (September 2014) [1Mb]
PP004pdf icon Core Strategy (amended January 2015) [8Mb]
PP005pdf icon Reading Central Area Action Plan (January 2009) [6Mb]
PP006pdf icon Sites and Detailed Policies Document (amended January 2015) [5Mb]
PP007Local Development Framework Proposals Map (October 2012)
PP008pdf icon Duty to Co-operate Scoping Strategy (December 2015) [1Mb]
PP009pdf icon Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule (January 2015) [1Mb]
PP010pdf icon Annual Monitoring Report 2016-17 (December 2017) [1Mb]
PP011pdf icon Parking Standards and Design SPD (October 2011) [4Mb]
PP012pdf icon Reading Station Area Framework (December 2010) [19Mb]
PP013pdf icon Community Infrastructure Levy Regulation 123 List [260kb]

Other Plans and Strategies

OP001pdf icon OP001 National Planning Policy Framework [869kb]
OP002Planning Policy for Traveller Sites (August 2015)
OP003Thames Valley Berkshire Strategic Economic Plan 2015/16-2020/21: Strategy (2014)
OP004pdf icon West of Berkshire Spatial Planning Framework (December 2016) [3Mb]
OP005pdf icon Local Transport Plan 2011-2026 (April 2011) [3Mb]
OP006pdf icon Cycling Strategy 2014 (March 2014) [5Mb]
OP007pdf icon Reading Means Business on Climate Change: Reading's Climate Change Strategy 2013-2020 (September 2013) [4Mb]
OP008pdf icon Air Quality Action Plan Update (2016) [1Mb]
OP009Reading 2050 Vision (October 2017)

Evidence documents

EV001pdf icon Duty to Co-operate Statement (March 2018) [2Mb]
EV002pdf icon Local Plan Overall Background Paper (March 2018) [9Mb]
EV003pdf icon Self-Assessment Legal Compliance Toolkit of the Local Plan (March 2018) [208kb]
EV004pdf icon Self-Assessment Soundness Toolkit of the Local Plan (March 2018) [387kb]
EV005pdf icon Local Plan Transport Modelling Assessment (March 2018) [5Mb]
EV006pdf icon Local Plan Viability Assessment (March 2018) [1Mb]
EV007pdf icon Infrastructure Delivery Plan (March 2018) [459kb]
EV008pdf icon Berkshire Functional Economic Market Area Study (February 2016) [9Mb]
EV009pdf icon Central Berkshire FEMA Economic Development Needs Assessment (October 2016) [5Mb]
EV010pdf icon Reading Employment Area Analysis (March 2018) [2Mb]
EV011pdf icon Berkshire (including South Bucks) Strategic Housing Market Assessment (February 2016) [5Mb]
EV012pdf icon Housing Implementation Strategy (December 2017) [885kb]
EV013pdf icon Berkshire Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Methodology (November 2016) [612kb]
EV014pdf icon Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Vol I Main Report (November 2017) [5Mb]
EV015pdf icon Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment Vol II Detailed Tables (November 2017) [404kb]
EV016pdf icon Gypsy and Traveller, Travelling Showpeople and Houseboat Dweller Accommodation Assessment (September 2017) [775kb]
EV017pdf icon Gypsy and Traveller Provision Consultation Document (September 2017) [206kb]
EV018pdf icon EV018 Gypsy and Traveller Provision Consultation Summary of Responses [100kb]
EV019pdf icon Gypsy and Traveller Provision Background Document (September 2017) [6Mb]
EV020pdf icon Western Berkshire Retail and Commercial Leisure Assessment (May 2017) [16Mb]
EV021pdf icon Open Spaces Strategy (2007) [418kb]
EV022pdf icon Open Spaces Strategy Update Note (January 2018) [1Mb]
EV024pdf icon EV024 Historic Environment Background Paper March 2018 [9Mb]
EV025Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (Level 1) (June 2017)
EV026pdf icon Strategic Flood Risk Assessment (Level 2) (December 2017) [3Mb]
EV027pdf icon Strategic Flood Risk Assessment - Level 2 - Cow Lane (February 2018) [1Mb]
EV028pdf icon Sequential and Exception Test Document (March 2018) [9Mb]
EV029pdf icon Water Quality Assessment (March 2018) [2Mb]
EV030pdf icon Tall Buildings Strategy (January 2008) [16Mb]
EV031pdf icon Tall Buildings Strategy Update Note (March 2018) [3Mb]
EV032pdf icon City Centre Framework Update 2008 (January 2008) [6Mb]
EV033pdf icon Local Green Space and Public Open Space Background Paper (March 2018) [372kb]
EV034pdf icon OAN Sensitivity Testing - Western Berkshire Housing Market Area (March 2018) [1Mb]

Examination Documents - Inspector

EI001pdf icon EI001 Initial comments and questions to Council [54kb]
EI002pdf icon EI002: Examination of the Reading Local Plan - Guidance Note [258kb]
EI003pdf icon EI003 Matters and Issues for the Examination [63kb]
EI004pdf icon EI004 Hearings Programme [170kb]
EI005pdf icon EI005 Agenda 25th September [39kb]
EI006pdf icon EI006 Agenda 26th September [39kb]
EI007pdf icon EI007 Agenda 27th September [46kb]
EI008pdf icon EI008 Agenda 28th September [45kb]
EI009pdf icon EI009 Agenda 2nd October [35kb]
EI010pdf icon EI010 Agenda 3rd October [39kb]
EI011pdf icon EI011 Agenda 4th October [40kb]
EI012pdf icon EI012 Agenda 5th October [32kb]
EI013pdf icon EI013 List of Examination Outstanding Actions [71kb]
EI014pdf icon EI014 Post Hearing Advice – Additional Main Modifications and Related Matters [104kb]

Examination Documents - Reading Borough Council

EC001pdf icon EC001 Council response to initial questions and comments [716kb]
EC002pdf icon EC002 Berkshire Objectively Assessed Need MOU July 2018 [391kb]
EC003pdf icon EC003 Council Response to Issue 1 Procedural Requirements [230kb]
EC004pdf icon EC004 Council Response to Issue 2 Housing Requirement [230kb]
EC005pdf icon EC005 Council Response to Issue 3 Five Year Housing Land Supply [237kb]
EC006pdf icon EC006 Council Response to Issue 4 Cross Cutting Policies [228kb]
EC007pdf icon EC007 Council Response to Issue 5 Built and Natural Environment [303kb]
EC008pdf icon EC008 Council Response to Issue 6 Employment [219kb]
EC009pdf icon EC009 Council Response to Issue 7 Housing [275kb]
EC010pdf icon EC010 Council Response to Issue 8 Transport [1Mb]
EC011pdf icon EC011 Council Response to Issue 9 Retail, Leisure and Culture [208kb]
EC012pdf icon EC012 Council Response to Issue 10 Central Reading [958kb]
EC013pdf icon EC013 Council Response to Issue 11 South Reading [388kb]
EC014pdf icon EC014 Council Response to Issue 12 West Reading and Tilehurst [331kb]
EC015pdf icon EC015 Council Response to Issue 13 Caversham and Emmer Green [221kb]
EC016pdf icon EC016 Council Response to Issue 14 East Reading [353kb]
EC017pdf icon EC017 Council Opening Statement [24kb]
EC018pdf icon EC018 Policy Committee Report and Minutes on Secondary School [1Mb]
EC019pdf icon EC019 Note on Implications of Secondary School Delivery Issues [13kb]
EC020pdf icon EC020 Planning Applications Committee Report and Minutes on St Patricks Hall [1Mb]
EC021pdf icon EC021 Note on Allocation Dwelling Ranges [80kb]
EC022pdf icon EC022 Note on Mapledurham Playing Field [465kb]
EC023pdf icon EC023 Planning for Air Quality [729kb]
EC024pdf icon EC024 Note on EN17 Noise Requirements [122kb]
EC025pdf icon EC025 Note on Securing Affordable Housing from Employment Development [83kb]
EC026pdf icon EC026 Letter from Council re Green Park Masterplan [74kb]
EC027pdf icon EC027 GL Hearn Note on 2016 Based Household Projections [39kb]
EC028pdf icon EC028 Update to Affordable Housing Evidence 09 18 [40kb]
EC029pdf icon EC029 Small Site Affordable Housing Appeal Decisions [2Mb]
EC030pdf icon EC030 Additional Information on Viability Assessment [566kb]
EC031pdf icon EC031 Council Comments on Reversing the Decline of Small Housebuilders [19kb]
EC032pdf icon EC032 Note on Oxfordshire Cross Boundary Park and Ride Corridors [86kb]
EC033pdf icon EC033 Tree Preservation Order for Reading Golf Club [668kb]
EC034pdf icon EC034 Draft London Plan Policy on Build to Rent July 2018 [166kb]
EC035pdf icon EC035 Reading Rent with Confidence Scheme [79kb]
EC037pdf icon EC037 East Reading MRT Full Business Case [2Mb]
EC038pdf icon EC038 Planning Applications Committee Report and Minutes for East Reading MRT [2Mb]
EC039pdf icon EC039 Wokingham Planning Committee Report and Minutes for East Reading MRT [9Mb]
EC040Draft Hosier Street Area Development Framework
EC041Outline Development Framework Reading Prison March 2015
EC042pdf icon EC042 University of Reading Statement of Common Ground Nov 18 [606kb]
EC043pdf icon EC043 Additional Justification on Policy H3 on Small Site Affordable Housing May 2019 [386kb]
EC044pdf icon EC044 Revised Housing Trajectory March 19 with notes [577kb]

Examination Documents - Other Participants

EP001pdf icon EP001 University of Reading Response to Issue 1 [84kb]
EP002pdf icon EP002 West Berkshire Council Response to Issue 1 [33kb]
EP003pdf icon EP003 Home Builders Federation Response to Issues 2 and 4 [155kb]
EP004pdf icon EP004 Unite Group Response to Issues 2 and 7 [226kb]
EP005pdf icon EP005 West Berkshire Council Response to Issue 2 [26kb]
EP006pdf icon EP006 SGN Response to Issue 3 [341kb]
EP007pdf icon EP007 University of Reading Response to Issue 3 [155kb]
EP008pdf icon EP008 Dr Tony Cowling Response to Issue 4 [15kb]
EP009pdf icon EP009 Environment Agency Response to Issue 4 [32kb]
EP010pdf icon EP010 Reading Friends of the Earth Response to Issues 4 and 5 [645kb]
EP011pdf icon EP011 University of Reading Response to Issue 4 [89kb]
EP012pdf icon EP012 University of Reading Response to Issue 5 [84kb]
EP013pdf icon EP013 Robert Cort Properties Response to Issue 6 [580kb]
EP014pdf icon EP014 Thames Properties Response to Issue 6 [734kb]
EP015pdf icon EP015 Environment Agency Response to Issue 7 [32kb]
EP016pdf icon EP016 Pang Valley Ramblers Response to Issue 7 [421kb]
EP017pdf icon EP017 University of Reading Response to Issue 7 [15Mb]
EP018pdf icon EP018 Pang Valley Ramblers Response to Issue 8 [432kb]
EP019pdf icon EP019 Hermes Response to Issue 9 [1Mb]
EP020pdf icon EP020 Aviva Response to Issue 10 [97kb]
EP021pdf icon EP021 SGN Response to Issue 10 [533kb]
EP022pdf icon EP022 Theatres Trust Response to Issue 10 [76kb]
EP023pdf icon EP023 West Berkshire Council Response to Issue 11 [29kb]
EP024pdf icon EP024 Pang Valley Ramblers Response to Issue 12 [442kb]
EP025pdf icon EP025 Tilehurst Poors Land Charity Response to Issue 12 [1Mb]
EP026pdf icon EP026 BBC Response to Issue 13 [32kb]
EP027pdf icon EP027 William Smith Response to Issue 13 [184kb]
EP028pdf icon EP028 TA Fisher Response to Issue 13 [196kb]
EP029pdf icon EP029 Trevor and Sigi Teer Response to Issue 13 [229kb]
EP030pdf icon EP030 University of Reading Response to Issue 13 [227kb]
EP031pdf icon EP031 University of Reading Response to Issue 14 [258kb]
EP032pdf icon EP032 Environment Agency withdrawal of objection to Sequential Test [73kb]
EP033pdf icon EP033 Historic England Crib Sheet for Considerations for Development Management [42kb]
EP034pdf icon EP034 Historic England Response to Issue 5 LATE [81kb]
EP035pdf icon EP035 Rentplus Representations on Draft Local Plan with Attachment [634kb]
EP036pdf icon EP036 Reversing the Decline of Small Housebuilders [1Mb]
EP037pdf icon EP037 Reading PRS and Thames Quarter Project Report [3Mb]
EP038pdf icon EP038 Housing Standards Review Final Implementation Impact Assessment [1Mb]
EP039pdf icon EP039 Information on Low Energy Housing re Issue 7 from Reading Friends of the Earth [424kb]
EP040pdf icon EP040 Tilehurst Poors Land Charity Representation to Draft Local Plan with Supporting Documents [7Mb]
EP041pdf icon EP041 Kentwood Hill and Armour Hill Photos from Steve Hicks [1Mb]
EP042pdf icon EP042 Further Statement from Environment Agency on Water Quality Assessment [158kb]
EP043pdf icon EP043 Additional Information from Reading Golf Club [8Mb]
EP044pdf icon EP044 Comments on Submission from Reading Golf Club and Wates [3Mb]
EP045pdf icon EP045 Council Comments on Submission by Reading Golf Club and Wates [382kb]
EP047pdf icon EP047 Further Information from Reading Friends of the Earth on Issue 8 [2Mb]
EP048pdf icon EP048 Information from Environment Agency re 10m Buffer [178kb]

Examination documents - main modifications

EM001pdf icon EM001 Main modifications consultation document June 2019 [1Mb]
EM002pdf icon EM002 Sustainability appraisal of main modifications June 2019 [346kb]
EM003pdf icon EM003 List of Minor Modifications for Adoption Local Plan 0619 [129kb]


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